Quiet Time

 

We don’t get to pick and choose whom we serve or how. As a Christ-follower, we are to be like God, loving all of His creation…all His children. In a world of “likes” and “dislikes”, it’s easy to follow my natural inclination and do good to those that I like and not to care about those I do not like. This is not godly. We are called to have community with all of those who are in the family of God and extend that same love beyond the family to those who are on the “ outside” looking in. God desires for all people to know and sense His love for them and He chooses to use His people as the way to demonstrate that love. This only happens through supernatural transformation within. No one has the power to convey God’s love but God. I am simply a conduit through which that happens.

What God wants from me is to show to others what He has shown to me. Kindness, grace, mercy, and  love are all things I feely receive from God (and much, much more) and therefore, He expects me to freely share these things with others. I need to look at people the way God does, otherwise I am not being as my Father in heaven. God has a certain way He looks at people: with a twinkle in his eye accompanied by a certain gait that communicates love and joy in celebration of who each person is. My role as a Christ-follower is to convince people through self-sacrificial loving relationships that there is a God who loves them perfectly. When I bask in the love the Father has for me, it is not an issue for me to genuinely, sincerely, love and serve others because I find my identity in Him and Who I belong to. I am then free to love others as as they are and not as I hope them to be. I am able to love others as the Father loves them and serve them as an extension of Christ in me.

48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character,having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 AMP 

For more thoughts on this read Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest

http://utmost.org/

 

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